Micro.blog

herself
herself

Blog hosting question: what platforms do people use these days? Thinking (again) about migrating my wordpress.com blog to…something else. Are there any beginner-friendly resources you’d recommend?

vasta
vasta

@herself If you're a Dropbox user, I'm completely smitten with blot.im. Allows me to create my blog using text files and folder structures in Dropbox without having to worry about any of the front-end or back-end stuff. Just text files—just content. So easy, and since it's Dropbox, so easy to automate stuff too. Can't speak highly enough of blot.im.

cm
cm

@vasta @herself I second Blot.im For all the reasons @vasta has shared, as well as the fact that at the end of the day, it's text (or markdown more specifically) in a folder. You can do whatever you’d like with the words you write. They're not stuck in some system.

At one point I had two feeds on my blot site, one for the micro.blog posts and another for the longer form. I've moved away from that but it's doable.

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jw
jw

@herself I build my stuff with Jekyll or Hugo, using Netlify free hosting. Would be willing to help walk you through / build something with/for you if you'd like! It's good practice in case I ever want to freelance 😄

vasta
vasta

@cm Oh! I’ve actually been hoping to merge my m.b into my bigger blot.im blog! Wanted my main blog to only display the longer posts on the homepage and archives, but still have my m.b posts on the domain. Didn’t realize that was doable! Any resources you can point to to do it?

Bruce
Bruce

@herself If you want to stay with a WordPress install, I've found DreamPress to be pretty good.

eli
eli

@herself blot.im 100%

cm
cm

@vasta I can cook up something over the weekend. If you want to play around before then, you’ll need to edit a template. From there you need two rss feeds (one micro one full post). Then in the entries.html you need tags to separate and style them.

I'll make a tutorial for this.

jw
jw

@cm @vasta oh wow, i might switch to blot if i could do this, too! even though it's actually less "web-devvy" that i might want ;)

herself
herself

@cm @vasta @eli thanks for that! Blot.im sounds really cool. My only past forays into blogging were back when everyone wrote static pages with HTML, so at least it’s sort-of familiar ;) @cm would be interested in seeing that tutorial too!

herself
herself

@jw thanks!! That is really kind and generous of you. I had a look at Jekyll a while back and I think I was starting to get my head around the structure of it. I hit some sort of road block though, not that I can remember what it was now (unhelpful, sorry!). I think I will have a look at blot.im for now - I rather like how simple it sounds- but you may get me pestering you for help in the future now I know you’re a “Jekyll guy” :)

herself
herself

@Bruce thanks for the recommend. I’m not sure I want to necessarily keep the wordpressiness of the blog, even though it will be more work. I may even just start fresh and leave the old one there without the associated domain mapping. It’s just too mammoth to contemplate, migrating fifteen years’ worth of posts, ugh... ;)

cm
cm

@herself @vasta @eli @jw consider this a preview... I wrote this a while ago and I've changed up the site, and my workflow since. It doesn't go into how to set it all up, but more of a "how I use this thing". I'll elaborate on the setup.

wherethelightgathers.com/blot-atex...

herself
herself

@cm amazing! I adore nvalt- the idea of using that to run my blog is making me excited in a very giddy way.

herself
herself

@herself @bruce though I see blot has some scripts for importing blogs from different platforms. 👍

Burk
Burk

@eli Just watched their video. Super neat idea!

Kordumb
Kordumb

@cm this looks fascinating. I used to use blot and loved it but I'm always bouncing around. Using it with micro.blog could get me back to it.

scientifics
scientifics

@cm Looking forward to the write up!

Bruce
Bruce

@herself How are handling the wait for Terpstra to finish the sequel? 😇

vasta
vasta

@herself @eli @cm I know I gush about blot.im a lot, but it really is quite brilliant. Completely changed my relationship with my blog. Also, David's personal customer service is just the best.

vasta
vasta

@cm Oh, that's perfect. The next step would be to have anything with "micro:yes" not show up on the homepage and in the archives, but still be part of the RSS feed (or have a different feed). I'm sure that's doable in the theme (I've fiddled with mine a bit, but I'm not sure I comfortable enough to figure out how to do the above) but I wouldn't know where to begin. Could I toss you a few bucks for doing this? I hate having people do this kind of work on behalf for free...

cm
cm

@vasta the way I’ve set this up is that there are two feeds. Which can be added or hidden from the main page and/or archive. But would you want your micro.blog posts hidden from the site entirely? I haven’t looked at that particular use case. I could tinker. If it becomes a big enough chunk of work we can work something out, money wise. Or donate to a good progressive / equality focused cause or grab the bill for the person behind you in line at the coffee shop instead. ☕️👍

herself
herself

@Bruce LOLZ :D

vasta
vasta

@cm Separate feeds work! Don’t want them to disappear completely; would love for them to be there to reference at their own permalinks. As long as they don’t show up on the list of posts here and here (as they’d clutter up both pages) I’m all good. :)

jw
jw

@herself the quotes around "Jekyll guy" are definitely deserved, and no problem! and yeah -- blot seems rad enough i might make the switch, too 😀

jw
jw

@cm thank you!

herself
herself

@jw whoops, sorry, those weren't meant to be ironic quotes (though I do love ironic quotes), more a "non-Jekyll/Hyde" implication for anyone else reading, heh. Been playing around with blot a bit and it's pretty neat. I think I will have to figure out mustache though to tweak the templates a bit, but that'll be a good challenge :)

jw
jw

@herself oh i wasn't bothered - more saying that I know enough to make a thing happen, but I'm no expert!

mangochutney
mangochutney

@jw @herself @cm @vasta I’m so glad I stumbled across this thread. I’m using Ghost for regular blogging right now but as much as I like it, it’s still overkill for what I need it to do. blot.im might be a great alternative and it could allow me to combine the site and the microblog. Thank you all.

herself
herself

@mangochutney that’s awesome! Please do share how it goes if you do decide to go down the blot path! 👍🙌

amit
amit

@herself Beginnner-friendly or not, blot.im is just a great platform for simplicity or posting. I had been running my site with Hugo, but recently decided to get myself on Blot. I capture my experiments here - again run by blot parallel to my actual site.

vasta
vasta

@mangochutney Glad we could help! I'm a huge fan of blot, so feel free to ask if you have any questions. (I have no technical chops, but I'll try to answer as best as I can!)

sumudu
sumudu

@vasta I've also been using blot once in while and not consistent though. I've been doing the posts on text edit on Mac manually uploading them onto blot folder in Dropbox. I'm sure there must be a better way. I'd rather prefer if I can do on a mobile device either iOS or Android

jmreekes
jmreekes

@sumudu iA Writer is what I use. It connects directly with Dropbox, so posts can be easily created and edited.

vasta
vasta

@sumudu Oh, are you a Drafts user? I have a template set up in Drafts, type all my posts in there, and then just have a Drafts Action that automatically publishes the post into the right folder on Dropbox for the type of post that it is. Don't have to fuss with any other tools. If you're a Drafts user, happy to point you to how it can be done. Let me know.

herself
herself

@amit thanks for the link! Looking forward to having a good read! 👍

sumudu
sumudu

@vasta Yes, i have drafts. Not sure though images can also be posted from drafts

vasta
vasta

@sumudu I have a workflow that takes any image on my phone and posts it into my /assets/ folder on Dropbox, and then grabs that URL into my clipboard which I then quickly post into whatever post I'm writing in Drafts. It's all seamless and automatic, no thinking about process required: just focus on content.